In Fiore: Big in Japan

If you follow this blog/my Instagram, it will be no secret to you that I am a huge fan of In Fiore. I am fascinated by the brand’s ethos of self-love and luxury and by the alchemic command over nature’s gifts exhibited by its brilliant founder and creator Julie Elliott. I am also an unrepentant Japanophile. Imagine then my glee, when I learned that Julie and In Fiore (which is a huge success in Japan) have partnered with a major Japanese cosmetic conglomerate to create a new line of products incorporating uber-sophisticated scientific know-how and Julie’s unwavering standards and unparalleled plant wisdom. Although the line will initially be exclusive to the Asian market, it will eventually make its way to the US. Now here is the exciting part: I have long dreamed of picking Julie’s brain and I got that opportunity during a recent interview.

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Living Libations: High Vibe Heaven

I recently came to a realization that I have a minor obsession with the California Hippie. I don’t think that this is an “official” name, but you all know the type: mystical herbalists Scott and Nitsa of Sun Potion, lifestyle guru and skincare brand founder Shiva Rose of the Local Rose, the groovy parents and chocolatiers Zen and Bunni of Zenbunni and, of course, the founder of Moon Juice Amanda Chantal Bacon –  a woman who created a successful wellness brand and ended up the subject of an Internet bullying campaign. All of these folks are about as far from the “unwashed hippie” archetype as you can get. They are groovy and elegant, mystical and practical, spiritual and educated and they embrace high vibes and quality control with equal passion. Living Libations is the most quintessentially California Hippie brand I have ever come across (they even have a freestanding store in Venice – the epicenter of CH cool). The twist? They are Canadian.

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Age: More than a number?

The green beauty community has a new bad word. The word? “Anti-aging”. In the last few months, some of my most beloved bloggers and creators, from Josh Rosebrook, to Sarita Coren, to Kristen Arnett have lambasted its use as an emotionally manipulative marketing tool. The feeling is that the word is designed to make women feel bad about themselves, all in service of selling more products – most of which don’t even deliver on those anti-aging promises. This claim is, of course, completely valid. We live in a youth-obsessed culture and despite the occasional use of badass ladies of a certain age in ad campaigns, the practice is still to photoshop dewy 20-somethings to sell creams to women 40-something and older and help them look less withered, barren and hag-like. It’s ageist and damaging and, most importantly, it’s crap. Age doesn’t make a woman any less sexy, vibrant, gorgeous or fun – just look at Helen Mirren, for goodness sakes! So I am completely onboard with reevaluating the term “anti-aging”. Here is the thing though: women are constantly bombarded with messages about what they should or should not be doing with their bodies and their lives. I don’t want to be the one to tell them that they must enjoy aging.

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Green, Faraway Lands

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Not the path to the dark side, but my path to anywhere when I travel. Or at least it used to be…

Hello once again from The Englishman. I call myself that only as guest writer here, but HH is so taken by my moniker, that I fully expect her to start introducing me as it in public. Anyway, I digress. It’s been while since I accepted my lot in life as a green goddess’s sidekick and things have moved on for me in my own green journey since I spoke to you all last. So I thought it worthy of a smattering of prose to convey quite how happy I am that green beauty is no longer just for travel, but has become a daily routine too.

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The Toxic Truth

2016 is going to be a huge year for green beauty. While Gwyneth Paltrow collaborates with Juice Beauty on makeup and skincare, iconic department stores are stocking May Lindstrom, and the major green beauty brands continue to innovate and release exciting new products. And the best part is that this is only the first wave of what I trust will be the great tsunami of green beauty. Yet, as with any emerging industry, it is inevitable that green beauty will go through some growing pains. Call me crazy, but one of the biggest problems I see green beauty as having is language. Then again, maybe I’m not so crazy after all because we all know language can be powerful and charged. Some studies have even suggested that the language we use can shape our very reality itself. 

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La Bella Figura: The Grand Giveaway

The giveaway has ended. 

Hello my loves and Happy New Year! I know that I have been a bit absent, but now that the holidays are well and fully over (sigh), I am so very excited to be back and share my favorite products, discoveries and occasional unhinged ramblings. And to kick things off in grand style, I have something  really exciting to share. Victoria Fantauzzi of La Bella Figura and I hop into the wayback machine and talk our beauty history, loves and passions. And the best part? Two (!) lucky readers will have a chance to start the new year with the best skin ever with our amazing giveaway!

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The Replacements: Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant

In making the switch to green beauty, some products are particularly hard to replace. In this series of posts I will  highlight the treasures discovered during my search for products that work as well, if not better, as their conventional counterparts.

If you have been reading HH in the blog’s early days, you might remember that when I first started, I was planning on making The Replacements into a regular feature. As I started my exploration of green beauty in earnest, however, I found that “subjects” for the series were not easy to come by. For the most part, I find green beauty and skincare to be not so much replacements for, but rather upgrades on conventional counterparts. Sure, I think the creams and serums from La Bella Figura, Vintner’s Daughter, Bottega Organica et al are far superior to La Mer, La Prairie and their conventional cohort, but I couldn’t claim that clean product X was a direct replacement for a conventional product Y.

Then there are also some areas (makeup, mostly) where clean beauty can’t quite measure up to conventional. For example, I found a clean mascara that works for me, but I don’t think there is one that works universally well for everyone and most of them still leave something to be desired. As for eyeliner, I have pretty much thrown in the towel on trying to find a clean version that lives up to my expectations.  And then there is clean deodorant… 

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